Prevention of accidents is key to public safety and our intention is to trial the use of 5G with connected signage technology. These can cover a range of applications but may include; tide times, cliff erosion messaging, water conditions and quality and information about currents.
They could also include supplementary information such as car parking, safety features in an area such as the location of lifeguard stations and defibrillators or tourism and conservation messaging. Connected signs could even relay live visitor information, such as footfall, back to emergency services.
Locations for signage are yet to be decided but they will likely be installed in car parks or on beach access paths.
Connected signage is also capable of displaying video content such as safety videos or web cam feeds from the beach so tourists can make an informed decision about whether an area is too busy before leaving the car park.
It is hoped that digital signage will predominantly bring life saving and accident prevention benefits but will also be informative.
High footfall trigger
We are looking at ways of detecting high footfall count at tourist hotspots in an effort to reduce overcrowding. This would be by way of WiFi connection signalling which could trigger an alert to the Council and emergency services. This information can then be used to implement crowd control measures in a more reactive way.
Locations are still being decided but such counters would likely be installed on beach paths accessing Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door or Ringstead.